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What the Dickens?

Jackie Renzetti

February 19, 2015

The play “To Begin With” reimagines the life of Charles Dickens and spotlights one of his lesser-known works. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher, it will premiere at the Music Box Theatre this weekend. The fictional, one-man show illustrates why Charles Dickens adapted the gospels in “The Life of O...

A visit with Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage will share the first scene from her unreleased play

Jackie Renzetti

February 17, 2015

Lynn Nottage will unveil the first scene from her unreleased work “Sweat” at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday. Penumbra Theatre  actors Carl Atiya Swanson, James Craven and H. Adam Harris join her in the reading. Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, has achieved commercia...

Embracing darkness

Jackie Renzetti

December 10, 2014

As humans have done for millennia, Bradley Greenwald celebrates the winter solstice in his show “The Longest Night.” Greenwald curated a mix of songs and poems focusing on various elements of winter. With pianist Sonja Thompson, he sings the works of composers ranging from Leonard Cohen to ...

A new odd couple

Jackie Renzetti

December 2, 2014

Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles” dramatic comedy features a zany pair of roommates. After 21-year-old protagonist Leo Joseph-Connell completes a 4,000-mile cross-country bike ride, he decides to crash at his grandmother’s house. As the two reacquaint, they learn from each other&rsquo...

Vilifying volleys

Jackie Renzetti

November 26, 2014

Zach Nyhus considers himself an “unofficial, unsanctioned audience recruiter” for the comedy show Vilification Tennis. He and his fiancée go to almost every monthly show at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, alongside roughly 100 regular attendees, to watch performers incorporate insult to...

A new spin on Shakespeare

Jackie Renzetti

November 20, 2014

When three playwrights wanted to revamp Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” they turned to the Bard’s other work. Writers Dominique Serrand, Steven Epp and Nathan Keepers of the Moving Company, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit theater company, retained Shakespeare’s original ...

Another cup of coffee

Jackie Renzetti

November 20, 2014

In 1995, Michael Donley, Bill Arnold and Bob Stromberg met for a cup of coffee. By the end of the visit, they had decided to create the show that became Triple Espresso, which is opening for its 20th season in Minneapolis on Friday. The comedy ran continuously for 13 years before switching its stretch to h...

40 years of Christmas

J.C. Cutler acts as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Guthrie Theater's production of the Charles Dickens classic

Laini Devin

November 13, 2014

The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future will once again unite starting Thursday to bring “A Christmas Carol” to the Guthrie Theater’s Wurtele Thrust Stage. Joe Chvala returns for a third year as director, with an adaptation of the story written by Crispin Whittell. “We’ve changed the tone...

U community finds Fringe home

The cast of

Joe Kellen

July 30, 2014

From the outside, the Rarig Center doesn’t look like a whole lot of fun. The concrete monolith stands tall above the brutalist architecture that dominates the University of Minnesota’s West Bank — the fact that it looks like it can’t be burned down is glaringly obvious. Though the Rarig appear...

Scripted and tactical: Six Elements Theatre’s Human Combat Chess

Performers Callan Korpi and Darwin Hull rehearse stage combat for Six Elements Theatre's production of

Joe Kellen

July 9, 2014

Skot “The Real Knight” Rieffer wielded a halberd as he exited the storage unit in a meeting room last Thursday at Minneapolis’ Historic Wesley Center.  “You’re going to want to use both hands to hold this,” the Human Combat Chess performer said, hefting the heavy...